Posts about LBRY
I got so annoyed at big tech for something that I will not mention here that I decided to slowly get away from all of big tech, and I'm starting with YouTube since it's the simplest one to get away from.
Apparently almost all of the channels I watch on YouTube already have replication setup with LBRY with one exception I can live with (since their content is available elsewhere). Banned all of YouTube's domains on my DNS server.
Anyone else decided to move to LBRY because they're fed up with big tech?
Let’s say something happens to Odysee and they go corrupt, censoring things. They get bought by the Bilderbergs like they did with Blockstream when they ruined Bitcoin..
Could someone create a different platform operating on top of LBRY?
“Every person in the crypto industry should be terrified” by comments made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officials during the SEC vs. LBRY hearing, Jeremy Kauffman, the digital asset firm's CEO, told CryptoLawTV.
Kauffman said the SEC comments imply that anyone selling cryptocurrency in the USA, including ETH, is breaking the law.
We all know that the content stored on LBRY can be accessed in a bunch of different ways. Through the LBRY Desktop app, through Odysee, through Madiator's onion site, or through any other third-party app that is developed to access the content stored on the LBRY network.
I had an idea for another type of LBRY client that, if developed, could be really useful and may help fight censorship, expand content freedom (and LBRY usage) a lot.
Right now, LBRY clients are focused on being YouTube-like in that they are focused on giving viewers access to many different channels. This is great, but...
What if a different type of LBRY client was created that was NOT for watching multiple channels? What if there was a channel-specific client that was ONLY for viewing ONE channel. This might sound strange, but let me explain.
I had this idea when hearing about the recent Alex Jones court case. Reguardless of your opinion of him personally, he is a great example of someone who has been targeted and censored. His solution to overcome this censorship was to create his own website banned.video which has worked (because he has complete control over his own website) but his bandwidth costs are hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. A great solution to this problem is P2P content hosting like LBRY has (where viewers are "seeding" the content to other viewers, and eliminating the bandwidth costs to the creator), but he has not switched over to this for a few reasons.
-1. Large content creators are hesitant to ask their followers to switch to different platforms. It's risky, because viewers don't like making new accounts/switching platforms (and if there is a problem with the new platform then it can be a huge issue, because viewers will NOT be happy about having to switch to ANOTHER new platform after issues with the first one).
-2. People who are heavily censored do not want to have to rely on ANYONE other than themselves. While the LBRY desktop client is great, it still does have some censorship tools built in (the official LBRY client has a blacklist of content, and the hub servers can also blacklist content).
-3. Saying "follow me on <insert social media here>" does not have the same power as "go to my website" or "download my app". The former comes across as "I am using someone else's platform". The latter comes across as "I built my own thing".
-4. To ensure that it is technologically impossible to censor a channel on LBRY, you would need to have viewers download the uncensored LBRY client with the blacklist removed, and also make sure that these LBRY clients are configured to use a custom wallet server that the content creator is in control of. This is a BIG ask for the average non-tech-savvy viewer.
It would basically let any content creator create THEIR OWN app to view ONLY their channel on LBRY. So for example, I could put in my LBRY channels username "@!LPL", enter a hub server that I host myself, and then generate an application that I can put on my website and ask my viewers to download (could also have some other stuff like an option for a custom app icon. With this setup, no censorship is possible. The creator is in full control of their content. Even if a DMCA take down request was filed, the creator of the content could choose for themselves whether to comply with the request or not. Nobody other than the creator would have control over the content.
By default, viewers who download a creators custom app could dedicate 15GB (or whatever) to seeding the creators most recent content. Could even be a pop-up when installing the application that says "how much space would you like to dedicate to supporting this creator? Default 15GB, custom amount, or all content".
It would give creators full control of their content with no chance of being censored, and completely eliminate bandwidth costs.
It would get a bunch more people using LBRY and seeding content on the P2P network.
I'm not tech-savvy enough to create something like this myself, but I'm posting this here in case anyone else is.
I think this would be super useful, and could potentially save creators MILLIONS of dollars each year. Ideally something like this would be open-source, but could be a potential business opportunity if you could create it and sell it to someone like Alex Jones, because it would literally save him hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. Selling it as a "one-time cost of $100,000" or something like that would not be hard -- especially if you had a contract for him to pay for it after he had already saved the money that he would have otherwise spent on the bandwidth.